Interior Design Inspiration: Dream Home Chicago {Michael del Piero}

My husband and I happily toured DREAM HOME, the design house at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago. (Open until Dec. 9, 2011.)

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Nine of Chicago’s top interior designers dreamed big in this showroom full of inspiration and sophistication, and I loved the office designed by Michael Del Piero.

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Michael was guided by the need for efficiency and flexibility.

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This hide was gorgeous, and you know what else I thought would look great in here?

photo – Splendid Willow

One of Splendid Willow’s Swedish Sheep Skins (Gotland pelts) which are both functional (rugs, blankets, warmth) and soooooo texturally beautiful.

Omg, have you visited Monika’s shop yet?

Prepare to swoon.

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The wall texture provides warmth and interest while the openness of the floor plan allows for ease of movement.

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Why, yes, those are English saddles.

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The scale of these chairs was unreal.

I felt gnome-like next to them!

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Clean lines.

Clean surfaces.

Undecorated style.

Warm contemporary rustic charm.

Michael  is such a genius at injecting a room

with texture and soul without overwhelming it with


My only question:

this office is so tranquil;

do you think you could get

any work done?

Peace to you right where you are.

Resources for this design:

trim: Benjamin Moore, Navajo White

flooring: Birger Juell, White Oak

chairs: Bradley Hughes, Lily Highback

wallcover: Maya Romanoff

leather saddles: Michael Cleary

desk, lamps, bookshelves: Michael Del Piero personal collection

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. August 24, 2011 / 7:36 am

    Michele, what an amazing exhibition….I love those metal cabinets in the first shot with the old books in them and those slubby wing chairs at the desk…and those saddles… I thought it was metal until you said. Thanks for the tour. Robx

  2. August 24, 2011 / 2:40 pm

    thanks michele for the tour, michael is an amazing talent, i love her look but have not had time to get to the mart.

    a friend of mine has an office by michael and it is just as wonderful, a soothing but oh so interesting space.


  3. August 24, 2011 / 3:01 pm

    thx for taking the tour with me, you guys. she IS incredible, and i still have yet to visit her Good Design shop on Damen!!! i'll be paying them a visit soon.

  4. August 24, 2011 / 7:33 pm

    Oh, my! This is so stunning! I love every detail! You take wonderful pictures, Michele!

    Have a great day, sweetie.


    Luciane at

  5. August 24, 2011 / 7:47 pm

    I love that office! Those chairs and that English saddle artwork are amazing. I would want to sit in there starring at everything and not working, color, color is what gets me moving. Looks like it was a fun day thanks for sharing.

  6. August 25, 2011 / 1:07 am

    What beautiful rooms! Love the colors and scale of that chair!!

    Angela and Renee

  7. August 26, 2011 / 7:45 pm

    My friend, Shelly, read this post . . . so off we went yesterday on an adventure to the Dream House and then on to the Farrow and Ball paint shop. We had a great day. Thanks for sharing this.

    I love how we are all so different. I didn't like the office at all . . . but I loved the kitchen and the bedroom.


  8. August 27, 2011 / 1:11 am

    so glad I found your site and so glad you stopped by mine…from your newest follower…:)

  9. August 27, 2011 / 3:03 am

    Chicago is my home town. So much great inspiration. Beautiful photos. Thanks for visiting my blog, and leaving such a nice compliment.

  10. August 27, 2011 / 3:03 pm

    glenda, so glad you toured the dream home. i loved the kitchen and bedroom (the dressing room!!!!) too and will be posting images in the days ahead.


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